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COVID-19 puts pressure health-care system as armed forces plan vaccine rollout

Last Updated Dec 3, 2020 at 12:14 pm EST

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Dec. 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario is reporting an increase in people in hospital with COVID-19, adding more pressure on the health-care system as more details are expected about how the Canadian Armed Forces are planning to roll out a vaccine.

Ontario reported 666 people are hospitalized Thursday with COVID-19, with 195 in intensive care.

Hospitalizations declined slightly in Quebec to 737, but the number of people in the intensive care unit remained unchanged at 99.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases nationally is 6,044.

Health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals and front-line workers during the second wave of the pandemic as they prepare for the possibility of a vaccine to relieve pressure in coming months.

The Canadian Armed Forces received formal orders last week to start planning for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

A planning directive for Operation Vector includes preparations on vaccine-storage facilities and notes the possibility of flying doses on short notice from Spain, Germany and the U.S.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2020.

The Canadian Press